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NBC Sept. 11, 2001 8:31 am - 9:12 am

Published September 11, 2001

News from NBC 4, Washington, D.C. was recorded by the Television Archive, a non-profit archive. Video available as a loan (stream) only.

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Date: 2001-09-11 12:31:09 UTC
Air Time: 2001-09-11 08:31:09 EDT
Length: 0:41:41

Producer NBC 4, Washington, D.C.
Production Company NBC 4, Washington, D.C.
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Reviewer: bhikku - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2015
Subject: Narrative failure
This collection of footage by the Internet Archive provides a portrait of a pivotal moment in American history, when Osama bin Laden, working with Saudi money but without any government support, single-handedly engineered an instant pivot in the way Westerners construct the narrative of their civilization. Watch this footage alongside other channels also offered on this website, like BBC. The other channels are prepared to interrupt their regular programming for this very sudden incident -- they are practically waiting for someone to fit it into a larger world picture. Slowly, over the course of several days, we watch the building blocks come together for a decade of failed empire, a physically and psychologically exhausted military, and a wrecked Middle East.

But this video is the most devastating. Everyone in the news studio as well as the caller see the second plane hit. They are not quick to pick up on the hysteria and shouting of CNN, which is now familiar to anyone who has watched American news media. But this is clearly no longer a local incident and cannot be talked about in the old-fashioned, comfortable language of local news. The caller's poetic descriptions and quiet pride in the toughness of New Yorkers evaporate in the face of what is clearly a major attack perpetrated on ordinary civilians, which requires not a local but an international response. In a single second, the intricately woven carpet of America's 20th century narrative has been whipped out from under their feet. The destruction of American exceptionalism has begun, and the ideal of the rational public sphere has lost persuasive power.
Reviewer: rjriii - - April 4, 2013
Subject: 9/11 doesn't make sense
Larry Silverstein bought a 99 year lease on the building 6 weeks before 9/11/01. They were full of asbestos and need a billion dollars worth of renovation. Silverstein was a good friend of Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli intelligence surely knew of the 9/11 plot.

Nanothermite was found in the WTC dust and truck bombs were found trying to blow up the George Washington bridge. 5 Mossad agents were arrested in New Jersey's Liberty Park filming and celebrating the incident. The alleged hijackers were reported training on U.S. Military bases. Temperatures at Ground Zero were recorded at over 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. There's a lot more.

Smoke. Tons and tons of it.
Reviewer: jambob35 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2012
Subject: fake
lets talk to a witness on the phone, just happens to be a producer on the news channel. eliot walker can you hear us? of course she can she is in the same studio.
Notice how she says oh my goodness 2 seconds before the impact.
Reviewer: kdrive23 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2011
Subject: Missed opportunity
I think NBC did a fine job, especially in the initial phases of the day, but there's one thing that kind of bugs me. They interview a man named George Shay, who witnessed the 1st explosion (although not the plane itself) from his car and saw a "large tire" plummet to the ground. He also talks about people on the ground injured by debris and cars on fire from debris. Just my opinion, but I think if they had stuck with him, he could have provided some of the most interesting information about the early stages of the attack. Most of the networks, NBC included, did not get reporting from the ground nearby the towers until later in the day. This Shay guy seemed like he was within a block or two, but at the very least close enough to have seen debris very close by. I wish they had pursued his information more aggressively and stuck with him a little longer.
Reviewer: cwmoo740 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2011
Subject: Debunking Conspiracy Theories
Actually, izzysykopth has a valid point. There was not nearly enough impact energy in the airplane to knock down the towers. The problem is that each plane had somewhere around 100,000 kg of jet fuel when they impacted, or about 4 million megajoules of chemical energy just waiting to be released. A fully loaded 747 only has about ~11000 megajoules of kinetic energy if it was going at 500 mph. The numbers aren't even close: the kinetic energy of the plane is meaningless. It just serves as a way to spark fuel detonation. So where did all this thermal energy go once the fuel detonated? It was not nearly hot enough to melt the steel, but instead made it bend. It heated the steel unevenly and this caused the side of the building to lengthen a lot in some places, warping the structure. The steel was no longer properly supporting the structure after it was warped out of shape from the heat, and so the tower started to crumple under its own weight. It could easily be mistaken for an "inside job" to someone who only considers the impact energy and wonders why the tower seemed to crumple after a long time delay.

(I'm a mechanical/structural engineering student who helped analyze this in a class)
Reviewer: interrnet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2011
Subject: izzysykopth
Izzysykopth, you are beyond retarded. A car can't destroy a bulldozer? Really? Try driving a car at 466 mph into a bulldozer and get back to me. Learn physics before you start spewing bulls***.
Ontop of that, one floor of the world trade center may very well weigh 4100 tons, but if you ever saw the world trade center you'd know that the outside of it was made almost entirely of glass. Support beams would crumple, they're strong enough to hold downward pressure but sure as hell weren't built to withstand a 466MPH impact.

Head back into the woods and search for bigfoot, you'll have more luck proving his existence than proving an event that THOUSANDS of people recorded with cameras.

You may also not get told off an 18 year old that apparently knows far more about physics then you do.
Reviewer: izzysykopth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2011
Subject: Conspiranuts get a Life Critique
Notice the comments from this guy? Totally over embellishing everything. Doesn't present a SINGLE fact. Overzealous with the victim sympathy card, the belief in 'lizards' 'baby birthing chevy's' 'brainless conspiraloons'-'fake information' from conspiraloon sites'. If you scrutinize this and other live feeds with a careful eye the are too many flaws to list. You can conclude from any ONE of the live feeds that this is an inside job. So I can throw a BS flag on this guys comment lets use his own argument. The comparison should be a car and a bulldozer. A fully loaded 767 is 135 tons of aluminum ribs, skin, floor pan and bulkheads depending on fuel and cargo weight.

ONE FLOOR of the WTC weighs 4100 tons steel and concrete. 25X AS MUCH as a 767. Bout the same ratio as car to bulldozer. Its an absurd notion and insulting to suggest that these 'terrorists' defeated the laws of physics not only when it comes to impact dynamics, but also building performance and aircraft design limitations. Any one that believes this utter nonsense deserves whats next. The easiest way to address the no plane theory is this: EVERY camera crew had reporters with them EXCEPT the camera crews that covered the impact footage. Why? 11 and 77 never took off any airport on 911. Source:Bureau of Trans Stats. Ive heard from ATCs and the NTSB report for 175 concurs say that 175 was traveling at a descent rate over 6000'fpm and close to 500kia. This plane CANNOT FLY straight and level at these altitudes and speeds without the wings being torn off. They defeated the most sophisticated air defense system in the world. Were able to make the Verrzanzo bridge take a ferry boat ride down the Hudson and took the Empire State building on a three block stroll through Lower Manhattan. Traders and morons suck!!!
Reviewer: CacaPooPoo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2010
Subject: Second best 9/11 coverage
This is the coverage I watched the morning of 9/11. In my opinion, it's the second best coverage of that tragic day. ABC's broadcast was by far the best, most accurate and professional, while CBS's was the worst. Gumbel was NOT up to task as he repeatedly asked eye witnesses why they would think the SECOND plane was a deliberate act and not some kind of mechanical malfunction on the CBS broadcast.
As I stated, NBC was the second best. Katie Couric is what brought it down as she often cut Lauer off while he actually gave useful and mostly accurate news and information. She seemed more dazed and confused than anything. Overall it's a good broadcast. Some of the eye witnesses got several things wrong but that happened a lot on all of the networks. When Tom Brokaw shows up, he and Lauer sort of take over and the coverage gets better.
Reviewer: AJRowe7 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2010
Subject: First sign of approaching plane
I had to revise this because I found a little more detail. Wikipedia isn't the gospel, I know that but it does state they crashed at about 490 MPH.
Well, to be 5 miles from the WTC as RC is, you would convet the 5 into miles per hour (5X300). You come up with a speed of only 300 MPH. Unless this is a difference in speed due to a difference in clocks the plane would have been going more quickly.
But it makes sense the speed would be up and down especially since flight attendant Amy Sweeeney reported exactly that at 8:44am "Something is wrong. We are in a rapid descent... we are all over the place".
8:45 am she says this in response to what she sees I see "the water. I see the buildings. I see buildings". She then says they are flying way too low and it ends in static.
I think it's a difference in clocks personally since the time of hijacking is listed as 8:42-8:46 am on the same wikipedia site.
Can't say for certain obviously but I think you have a good eye for detail. I had to go back to see the segment you were talking about and it flashed very quickly. Those poor ladies in that crowd that were looking up and smiling then one minute later un unbeliveable event happened. Very, very sad for all people involved. Very haunting event for me and I watched it on tv. I just can't imagine actually being there and those people who were recorded at that moment were.
Reviewer: ryans92 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2010
Subject: Average broadcast.
ABC had the best coverage but this is pretty good too.
Reviewer: Natureboy82 - - September 10, 2009
Subject: First sign of approaching plane...
I don't know if anyone else here noticed, but at 8:45 as soon as Katie bumps to a commercial break after the Harry Belafonte segment, the camera gets a live crowd shot, and you can see a man walking down the street looking behind him and up as if he he hears something can also see a few people in the crowd looking up as well.

The plane didn't hit the WTC until 8:46, so I wonder how far away the plane was one minute earlier. It seems that it must have been coming pretty close to Rockefeller Center at 8:45. Does anyone know where the plane was located at that time by any chance?
Reviewer: TrondH - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2009
Subject: Taped both
"Notice, you DON'T ACTUALLY SEE the impact until they show the "replay". And these were live shots; what we saw live should have been what was replayed."

They taped both the camera angles and replayed the one which showed the crash.

There's a guy there, you know, who switches between what cameras to show live, but he can replay the taped one if he wants. This is no big mistry. You No-plane guys are ridiculous.
Reviewer: Matt Nelson - - December 31, 2008
Subject: Mirrored
Yes, I downloaded all of the 9/11 TV archives and put them on my website in flash video:
Reviewer: hjrgiles - - December 3, 2008
Subject: So why have they taken down the video for this?
The no plane theory has wings so to speak. Other wise why bother to take down the poor video. Let's have some better quality for this and add chopper 4 for some comic relief.
Reviewer: Conspiranuts get a life - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2008
Subject: devote your time to something else
The ones who actually believe that U11 and U175 did not hit the towers when you had over 7 years to research and investigate, you are brainless and have very low self esteme to accept not only lieing to yourself, but lieing to others. Go and buy "The Sun" or the "Inquirer" or similar and just stay home and read those fake fantasy stories. Those magazines are filled with bull just like what you believe happened on 9/11/01. Here are some that you would believe...Like, "Giant beetle invades Michigan town and had baby lizards growing out of its stomach." Or baby kitten gives birth to a Chevy truck on the east side of Kansas." Or wahatever the bull story is.
The Conspiranut's version of 9/11 equals those types of stories. Did you speak to the air traffic controllers, family members who had REAL phone calls come down from REAL family that "EYE-WIYNESSED" Iranian or similar looking men with knives ect. ect. I know the rest of the true story. You don't. I advise you to look it up and stop being in denial. OH, did you speak directly with coroner Wallace Miller?? No you didn't. All bodies Identified through DNA from U93 in Stoystown Pa where U93 crashed. I also know other eye-witnesses from that area also who were devistated to even learn that there are poeple out there like you. Some don't have computers to learn how conspirants have twisted the truth. The family members will tell you as well. See, you brainless conspiraloons get your fake information from other fake conspiranut sites, and build your little fantasy world. Get a life and stop inputting fake information to innocent poeple for them to read and get sucked up with and worry about. By the way, a little example of common sense... If the Gov't wanted to fake a plane crash in Pennsylvania, don't you think there would be MORE large plane parts so it would look good?? Oh, but you didn't think of that. 580 MPH poeple. Look what happens to 2 cars hitting exactly head on at 100 MPH each (200 MPH total) Not much left is there? How about 580 MPH?
90% of the plane was found in little pieces, and some a couple of feet long again not planted by the gov't. A real plane crash. Not too hard to swallow what the real truth is. Another loony story of twisted lies to the max... IT WAS NOT SHOT DOWN CONSPIRANUTS!!!
Reviewer: jennafin - - August 30, 2008
Subject: plane
I was in New York on 9/11. I saw that plane hit the tower myself. I am so sick and tired of all of you nutjobs who insist on the no plane theory. You should get back to the JFK conspiracy, or better yet get a life!
Reviewer: NAU99 - - January 6, 2008
Subject: No missile
Those of you wishing to make the "missile" argument may want to watch some of the live footage from the other networks that shows a plane flying into WTC2. Also in case you havent noticed the impact area into WTC2 is much larger than any missile.

The idea that thousands of journalists across the country all would be in on some HUGE consipracy via the US Government is comical at best - and such accusations are criminal at worst.
Reviewer: naaier - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2007
Subject: leading the witness
I agree with PapaLazzzaru. Also look at how the camera tilts from side to side near the end and how they try to make you think it is the towers swaying but it's obviously the camera as seen when they zoom-out while still swaying.
Reviewer: PapaLazzarruisondrugs - - September 25, 2007
Subject: You are freakin' stoned dude.
What the hell are you talking about? NOBODY except YOU sees that,so lay off the crack, freak.
Reviewer: PapaLazzzaru - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2007
Subject: Missile?
At 31:43 into the video, look closely at the top right of the screen, approximately half an inch in from the right. A fast-moving object appears, flying at an angle of approximately 45 degrees, in a direct line with the impact area on the South Tower.

The screen starts to zoom in at 31:50. At 31:53 a male voice exclaims "Oh my goodness!" We can deduce from this that impact occurred at 31:53 into the video. Before the zoom in, if we are to believe the official story, given the scale of the buildings, we should have seen the plane that was later shown flying in from the right of the screen. However, how could they have "taped" this, when their original footage did not show it? Notice, you DON'T ACTUALLY SEE the impact until they show the "replay". And these were live shots; what we saw live should have been what was replayed.

What gives?
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